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TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT: New DOD Space Science and Technology Strategy Provides Basis for Optimizing Investments, but Future Versions Need to Be More Robust

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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The Department of Defense DOD is depending heavily on new space-based technologies to support and transform future military operations. Yet there are concerns that efforts to develop technologies for space systems are not tied to strategic goals for space and are not well planned or coordinated. In the National Defense Authorization Act for 2004, the Congress required DOD to develop a space science and technology S and T strategy that sets out goals and a process for achieving those goals. The Congress also required GAO to assess this strategy as well as the required coordination process. GAO is making recommendations that focus on assuring DOD has the right tools and measures in place to meet its goals for space S and T and to take steps needed to begin addressing barriers to effectively implementing the new strategic plan. In commenting on the report, DOD agreed with the recommendations.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

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[A, Approved For Public Release]